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In the new issue of First for women, a magazine read by more than 4 million busy women each year, Dr. Mehmet Oz talks about a goal many of us have in common: healthy weight loss. And don’t be surprised if you see a familiar face—ReNew Life Organic Clear Fiber!
In the cover article, titled Heal your gut to heal your belly, Dr. Oz explains that our ability to lose weight and keep it off has a lot to do with changing the nature of the bacteria in our digestive tracts—and one way to do that is with healthy diet changes such as adding more foods rich in prebiotic fiber to our daily eating plan.‡
“Prebiotics [are] the food that probiotics, or healthy gut bacteria, feed off of,” says Dr. Oz, and he recommends boosting our daily intake of prebiotic-rich foods—including a tablespoon of ReNew Life’s Organic Clear Fiber (made from 100% organic acacia fiber) to start the day.‡
He says acacia fiber, in particular, is a natural prebiotic fiber source that makes his list of 7 Belly Blasters That Really Work.‡ He calls it a “diet pill without the chemicals” and also suggests sprinkling it on meals to help fill you up so you eat less.‡
Want to know more? The new issue of First for women is on newsstands now, so be sure to pick up a copy!
Better digestion, a healthier heart, weight loss—all of these things begin with making smarter choices about the foods we eat, and protein is an important part of every healthy eating plan. Not only is protein considered an important building block for the body, but including plenty of lean protein in your diet can help you feel more satisfied throughout the day and less likely to experience those pesky cravings that can steer you off course.
A good rule of thumb, outlined in Brenda Watson’s Love Your Heart Eating Plan, is to eat 12 portions of protein daily from sources such as lean poultry, meat and seafood; low-fat cheese and yogurt; eggs; tofu; tempeh; and nuts. Eating protein at each meal and snack will help keep your appetite under control, so 12 portions a day will look something like this:
- Breakfast: 2 portions
- Snack: 1–2 portions
- Lunch: 3–4 portions
- Snack: 1–2 portions
- Dinner: 3–4 portions
Protein for Breakfast Helps with Carb Cravings Later
Studies have found that a high-protein breakfast not only helps you feel full longer after eating, but also helps avoid carb cravings later on. Ever start your day with cereal or a muffin and wonder why you’re craving more carbs mid-morning? Try beginning your day with protein and low-sugar fruits and veggies instead.
Portion Quick Guide
In most cases, 3 to 4 portions of protein would make up a standard serving. For example, a standard grilled chicken breast fillet added to a salad is 3 to 4 ounces—or 3 to 4 portions. Here’s a quick guide to help you get started:
Poultry, meat, seafood, cheese
Low-fat Greek yogurt
1 egg or 2 egg whites
1 ounce (handful)
Tip: Take Your Protein to Go!
To make things easy, incorporate protein snacks into your day by preparing them ahead of time and storing them in containers for easy-to-grab snacks when you need them.